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Mindful Living with Athea Davis Ep 102: Lifelines: Struggling with Anxiety and Depression with Melissa Bernstein

Mindful Living with Athea Davis Ep 102: Lifelines: Struggling with Anxiety and Depression with Melissa Bernstein

Athea Davis | @atheadavis
June 24,  2021
Podcasts

Happy Day, Friend!

On this week’s podcast episode, I’m talking about how one entrepreneur, creative, leader, and parent struggled with anxiety and depression for years, what she’s doing to thrive despite her mental health struggles, and why she’s talking about it now.

My special guest Melissa Bernstein, along with her husband Doug, is the Co-Founder of the toy company Melissa & Doug, which has created over 5,000 children’s products and sold billions of dollars of toys since its inception. Raised by educators, Melissa and Doug started the business in their garage in 1988, and they’ve been on a mission ever since to provide open-ended, inventive, non-technologically driven playthings for young children.

Throughout Melissa’s remarkable career, she kept secret her lifelong battle with severe depression and anxiety. She reveals her struggles in Lifelines, her first book, which she wrote to help others who are also suffering. Melissa’s book heralds the launch of Lifelines.com, and on-line ecosystem she and Doug are underwriting to support those seeking support, guidance, and community on their mental health journey.

Melissa and I talk about:

~ her entrepreneurial journey with Melissa & Doug, the imaginative and creative billion-dollar toy company;

~ how material success didn’t cure her battle with anxiety and depression;

~ her personal journey and battle with anxiety and depression;

~ what she’s doing now to thrive despite her mental health struggles;

~ her new book and on-line resource center, Lifelines;

~ and so much more! It’s such an inspiring conversation I hope you gain a lot of value from

Athea is a mindfulness educator, author, and podcaster helping students, educators, parents, & leaders de-stress for success.

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